Donald Pomery Lay

Personal

Birthday: 
8/24/1926
Birthplace: 
Princeton, IL
Date of Death: 
4/29/2007
Place of Death: 
North Oaks, MN
Race or Ethnicity: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Prior Employment: 

U.S. Navy seaman, 1944-1945
Private practice, Omaha, Nebraska, 1951-1953, 1954-1966
Private practice, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1953-1954
Instructor, Omaha University School of Law, 1956-1957
Instructor, William Mitchell School of Law, 1983-2007
Professor, University of Minnesota School of Law, 1983-2007

Education

Name of School: 
University of Iowa
Degree: 
B.A.
Degree Year: 
1949
Name of School - Second: 

University of Iowa College of Law

The highly competitive practice of law has a way of shaping a person. If you let it, it can and it will make you into a thing;...That thing the practice of law would make of you is ultimately what becomes of the once passionate, once idealistic, once hopeful, would-be world changer, who has become eroded by the routine, battering current of the practice, and who has failed to cultivate the ground cover that resists erosion of soul." For those of us in the world of work, whether as lawyers or not, tending to that initial force that drew us toward the study of law should be part of our thoughts and periodic reflections.

Degree - Second: 
J.D.
Degree Year - Second: 
1951

Judicial Career

Court Name: 
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Court Name: 

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

President Nominating: 
Lyndon B. Johnson
Party Affiliation of President: 
Democratic
Commission Date: 
7/22/1966
Retirement from Active Service: 
1/7/1992
Termination Date: 
4/29/2007
Termination Reason: 
Death
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